Review Article

Point-of-Care Sinus Ultrasound: Impact Within a Large Internal Medicine Clinic and Review of Technique

Authors: David M. Tierney, MD, Joshua S. Becker, MD, Bryan D. Post, MD, Terry K. Rosborough, MD


Outpatient diagnosis of acute bacterial sinusitis, using only traditional physical examination and clinical criteria, results in the overuse of antibiotics in patients with upper respiratory complaints. Point-of-care maxillary sinus ultrasound is easy to learn and quick to perform in a primary care clinic. The technique can reduce antibiotic prescribing by reassuring both patients and providers of the absence of fluid in the sinus, the hallmark of maxillary sinusitis. A review of the literature, description of technique, and results of sinus ultrasound implementation in a large internal medicine clinic are included.


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